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Jessie Scarth (Schooner), sunk, 4 Oct 1887

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Schooner JESSIE SCARTH, of 408 Tons. Built 1871, owned by Cordin. Home port, Toronto. Class A 2. On October 4, 1887 vessel with a cargo of corn, foundered in Lake Michigan, a total loss. Property loss, hull $8,000 cargo $13,500
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

      Manistee.---The schooner JESSIE SCARTH, laden with 26,000 bushels of corn from Chicago bound for Toronto, sank in 40 fathoms of water Tuesday night, eight miles north of Manistee. Captain Roberts and the crew of four men and a woman cook, who had taken to the small boat, were received by the life-savers
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 6, 1886 p.5

Frankfort.---The Scow MISHICOTT passed the Canadian schooner JESSIE SCARTH at anchor about two miles from shore, abreast of Portage with a bad list to starboard, but as the MISHICOTT was flying before the gale like a greyhound, it was impossiblke to assist her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 13, 1887 p.1

Chicago.---Martin Mahoney, mate of the lost schooner JESSIE SCARTH, arrived from Manistee Saturday. He says the vessel lies in 132 feet of water, and is a total loss. The escape of the crew was marvelous. Monday night while the SCARTH was lying at anchor a tremendous sea boarded her, broke the hinge that held her port davit and carried away the yawl. Fortunately the painter of the stern of the yawl kept it from breaking adrift and enabled the crew to secure it. At 3 o'clock Tuesday morning the yawl was again washed off the vessel and this time the gunwale was stove in and the oars were lost before the yawl was again recovered. During the day the vessel sprung a leak, and from that time until 10 o'clock at night the crew never left the pumps. At that hour the crew stood nearly to their knees in water and soundings showed eight feet of water in the hold. All hands got into the yawl and headed for Manistee. A short ladder was taken apart and the sides used for oars. Two of the men standing up in the boat and holding their coats wide open for sails. It was twelve miles to Manistee and the sea was running very high. When the boat arrived off the piers the life saving cred fired a line to them, and then hauled the boat in. Captain Roberts and the rest of the crew have gone to their homes in Canada. Captain Roberts was master of the schooner SHANDON when she sunk in Georgian Bay several years ago.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 13, 1887 p.1

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $8,000
Cargo: $13,500
Freight: corn
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.24445 Longitude: -86.32425
William R. McNeil
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Jessie Scarth (Schooner), sunk, 4 Oct 1887